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Special Education

Special Education Program Overview

*This program is taught in a hybrid format

Manhattanville College’s master’s in special education degree programs embody the underlying philosophy of believing that all children, regardless of learning and behavioral differences, are entitled to a free and appropriate education and should be provided with meaningful instruction in the least restrictive environment.

Our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs aim to equip educators for Special Education teacher certification in New York, preparing them for the demands of 21st-century classrooms. For those with a master’s degree, certificate-only options in special education are available.

Manhattanville’s graduate special education certification programs offer diverse areas of focus, including dual certification pathways, all approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Regardless of your chosen program, benefit from our expert faculty and engage in enriching student teaching, seminars, or research experiences, ensuring premier training for NYS certification.


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Students in the MPS in special education degree and certification programs prepare to be teacher candidates who demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the current trends and issues in the field of special education and understand the learning needs of students with disabilities
  • Skill in employing instructional strategies that are effective in teaching students with exceptional needs using assistive technology
  • Knowledge of I.E.P. and I.F.S.P. development
  • An ability to select, administer, score, and interpret formal and informal assessment tools
  • Sensitivity to multicultural issues in the classroom and school community
  • The ability to collaborate with general education teachers, families, and educational service providers
  • The ability to work effectively with students with exceptional needs, their families, educational service providers, and the community in developing viable transition plans

Manhattanville’s Master of Professional Studies degree programs in Special Education are designed meticulously with a focus on producing not just certified teachers, but educators who are compassionate, innovative, and ready to make a difference.

MPS in Special Education curriculum, grounded in theory and practice, guarantees that graduates hold a holistic understanding of special education. The program requirements of our MPS in Special Education degrees range from 38 credits to 51 credits depending on certification area.

 

MPS Programs Leading to Special Education Certification in Childhood and Early Childhood Settings

Our programs leading to Early Childhood and Childhood Special Education teaching certifications provide a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences to ensure every child is given an opportunity to thrive and that teaching strategies are fueled by service to students.

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  • MPS – Special Education: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  • MPS – Special Education Childhood (Grades 1-6)
  • MPS – Special Education Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth-Grade 6)
  • MPS – Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education: Childhood (Gr 1-6)
  • MPS- Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and Special Education: Early Childhood (Grades Birth-Grade 2)

 

MPS Programs Leading to Special Education Certification in Middle and High School Settings

Middle and high school years are a critical phase in a student’s life. Gain a robust foundation in specialized teaching methodologies for students in these age groups and further your special education career opportunities.

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  • MPS - Special Education: Grades 7-12 Generalist
  • MPS - English (5-9 and 7-12); Special Ed Generalist (7-12); SE English (7-12)
  • MPS - Mathematics (5-9 and 7-12); Special Ed Generalist (7-12); SE Math (7-12)
  • MPS – Science (Biology or Chemistry (5-9 and 7-12); Special Ed Generalist (7-12); SE Science (7-12)
  • MPS – Social Studies (5-9 and 7-12); Special Ed Generalist (7-12); SE Soc.St. (7-12)

 

MPS Programs Leading to Literacy and Special Education Certification

Our MPS programs at the intersection of literacy and special education delve into how literacy development plays a vital role in the learning journeys of students with special needs, as well as how educators can best support them.

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  • MPS – Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education Childhood (Grades 1-6)
  • MPS – Literacy 5-12; Special Education Generalist 7-12; Special Ed Specialist 7-12

 

For educators seeking a route without the time commitment of a full master's program, our certificate-only programs are a perfect fit. Especially suitable for candidates already holding a master’s degree in education or another related domain, these courses offer comprehensive insights into special education.

  • CERT – Special Education: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  • CERT - Special Education: Childhood (Grades 1-6)
  • CERT – Special Education: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood (Grades 1-6)
  • CERT – Special Education: Grades 7-12 Generalist

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Joining our master’s in special education programs at Manhattanville College is more than just an application; it's the start of a transformative journey. Our admissions staff is trained to understand your aspirations and ensure that our program aligns with your professional goals.

Admissions requirements for the MPS programs in special education include bachelor’s-level education and prior teacher certification, while certificate programs may require a master’s degree.

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Scholarships and Aid for Special Education Teacher Candidates

The Office of Financial Aid advocates that financial barriers shouldn't deter dedicated educators. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance with your FAFSA before starting your master's program and to explore scholarships and aid for special education graduate students.

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Apply to Manhattanville Master’s in Special Education Programs Leading to Certification

Manhattanville College’s master’s in special education programs are the next step in the rewarding field of teaching special education. From Master of Professional Studies programs to certificate-only programs, pursue special education certification in New York, and together, let’s reshape the landscape of special education.

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